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Breaking down the defining moments from all of the Week Eight matchups.
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Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) drops again to move towards the New York Jets through the second quarter at MetLife Stadium.(Photograph: Brad Penner, USA TODAY Sports activities)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Sheets of rain deluged down on the sphere from kickoff till the clock bled out.

Because the nor’easter dumped water and badped wins via MetLife Stadium, any hopes the Atlanta Falcons might have had for a crisp offensive efficiency washed away.

“That was a few of the hardest circumstances that I’ve needed to play in,” quarterback Matt Ryan stated.

However for an offense that had scored simply 41 factors in a three-game shedding skid, there have been indicators of life.

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The Falcons weathered some sloppy play and fended off a late comeback try and beat the New York Jets on Sunday, 25-20. Atlanta (Four-Three) secured a much-needed victory to maintain tempo within the NFC South on a day when the Carolina Panthers and the New Orleans Saints – each forward of the Falcons – gained.

Within the first half, Ryan fumbled twice on exchanges with heart Alex Mack.

It occurred once more within the fourth quarter, this time within the crimson zone when the Falcons had been attempting to mount a comeback. Ryan recovered the ball. One play later, he related with receiver Mohamed Sanu for the go-ahead Eight-yard landing catch. However that wouldn’t be the final of the QB-center troubles.

Ryan trotted to the sideline previous to the following two-point conversion attempt, grabbing a dry towel and stuffing it below his jersey. He saved his proper hand tucked away within the towel proper up till it was time to snap the ball.

However Ryan once more fumbled the ball, and the Jets recovered.

“I used to be not blissful,” Mack stated. “It was one thing that we thought we had mounted after the primary one, and it saved being an issue.

“Their D-line did a great job of getting in on us actually fast, and it’s simply actually slick. It was actually moist and the ball was onerous to grip. It’s simply half on me and half on Matt, I believe.”

Ryan additionally tried placing on gloves to attempt to higher grip the ball. Finally, after they didn’t work both, he shed them.

Regardless of placing the ball on the turf, the Falcons confirmed situational enchancment in two areas that had been factors of emphasis. Through the three-game shedding streak, Atlanta scored touchdowns on simply 4 of 9 red-zone journeys, and reached first downs on 13 of 33 third-down tries.

In opposition to the Jets, these numbers weren’t a lot better. The Falcons scored touchdowns on two of their six red-zone journeys and transformed simply 5 of 14 third downs. However when Atlanta wanted it most, it made these performs.

“Whereas we weren’t good by any stretch,” Ryan stated, “we made some actually good performs in these conditions once we wanted them.”

Ryan accomplished 18 of his 29 makes an attempt for 254 yards and two touchdowns.

The Falcons, only one season faraway from pacing the NFL in scoring – with 33.Eight factors a sport – have slipped to the center of the league and are posting simply 21.9 a contest. Nonetheless, on a day during which each offenses got an obstacle with the climate, this needs to be measured as progress.

“We don’t fear about what folks suppose or have questions concerning the Falcons,” receiver Julio Jones stated. “On this constructing, we’ve received to remain collectively. We don’t exit to please others. We exit right here and work for one another. That’s simply the best way to be, so that you don’t have all these ups and downs. We’ve received to repair it on this constructing first.”

The Falcons journey to Charlotte to face the Panthers (5-Three) on Sunday, which is now a pivotal sport within the race for the division. And after it performed in a thick fog two weeks in the past towards the Patriots and in a torrential downpour Sunday, Atlanta is simply hoping for sunny skies to conclude its three-game highway journey.

“We’ve had some attention-grabbing circumstances the final two video games,” Ryan stated. “You by no means know in Carolina, too. I imply it might get bizarre down there subsequent week, too.”

Observe Lorenzo Reyes on Twitter @LorenzoGReyes.

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